…theme of the week.
Let me tell you, pregnancy has been kicking my butt lately. Between the fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and overall bleh feeling…it’s like a I hit a wall the second I moved into the 3rd trimester. Half of the day I’m working, the other half I’m sleeping. Which hasn’t left much time to blog or do much of anything else.
I haven’t been living completely under the covers, though. Marcus and I managed to get out of the house a few times in between my naps.
We tried a new restaurant near the beach, Hawkers Asian Street Fair, Friday night. One of my clients recommended it to me and it sounded too delicious to pass up.
Each dish is 3-4 bite-sized servings and meant to share (but you don’t have to). We ordered Roasted Duck Steamed Baos, Basil Fried Rice, Chicken Dumplings, Char Sui (pork shoulder in sweet soy sauce), and Chicken/Shrimp/Pork Wontons.
The food is all brought to the table once it’s cooked, so a plate comes every few minutes.
My first plate consisted of the steamed baos, basil fried rice, and dumplings.
Then came the Char Sui and wontons.
The Char Sui was one of my favorites, along with the roasted duck steamed baos. The roasted duck was so flavorful.
Marcus was not a fan of the wontons due to the texture. Also, the peanut sauce was fairly strong and, to me, it tasted like peanut butter was inside the wontons. Luckily food texture rarely turns me off and I’ll eat peanut butter with anything, so I enjoyed them. His loss…more for me!
Possibly the thing I was MOST excited for all week was getting my hair done. It was in desperate need of a change!!
Chocolate brown with caramel highlight (which you can’t really tell from the photo).
I loved my long hair and balayage…when I took the time to style it. But having that much hair is way too hot for a pregnant woman in Florida. One of my clients happens to be a hairdresser and told me to come see her for a fresh look.
Ladies, we can all agree that once you find a hairstylist you like, you DO NOT leave them, right?? I’ve been going to the same hairstylist for three years. She fixed a horrific haircut I once had and I’ve gone to her ever since. So trying a new stylist was a bit nerve-wracking, but I decided to give it a go.
And well, I’ve found my new favorite stylist! She listened to what I wanted and the results were exactly like I imagined. The color, cut, and salon experience exceeded expectations. And I’m in love with my new hair!
I even made a new friend while I was there.
We’ve still been keeping up with our weekly menu, too. I’m actually starting to look forward to cooking dinner a few times a week.
Weekly Dinner Menu #2
Monday: Dinner on my own (Marcus had duty)
Friday: Date night
Sunday: Dinner on my own (Marcus on duty)
SLOW COOKER STUFFED BELL PEPPERS
Taste test: Delicious. And so easy to make! The longest step is cooking the brown rice. Everything else just needs to be mixed together and set in the crock pot.
Changes to the recipe: I used taco seasoning instead of the individual seasonings (because I was being super lazy) and 4-cheese Mexican cheese instead of the cheddar.
LOADED TACO SALAD WITH CREAMY CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
via Avery Cooks
Taste test: This was our weekly favorite. One, it took us back to our childhood because neither of us have had taco salad in a very long time. Two, it was ridiculously easy to make. Three, it was yummy.
Changes to the recipe: I love recipes that don’t really require recipes. You can make a taco salad however you wish! In our case, we didn’t include corn and used Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips in place of the regular kind. I also used prepared cilantro and replaced mayo with Miracle Whip in the dressing recipe. The dressing was the perfect pairing.
BUFFALO CHICKEN STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Taste test: This one kind of flopped for me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. In the recipe’s defense, I had just woken up for a nap, realized I was missing a few ingredients, and was too lazy to go get them so I had to improvise a little.
Changes to the recipe: Didn’t have green onion, so I used a little white onion. Didn’t have celery, so I omitted. Didn’t have ranch or blue cheese crumbles, which I wish we did because it would have added a nice touch. Melted a little mozzarella cheese on top instead.
I felt it was lacking a little in seasoning. Like plain ole’ salt and pepper. Something.
30-MIN HONEY WHEAT ROLLS
via I Heart Eating
Remember the 30-Min Dinner Rolls I made last week that turned out really dense? I wanted to give them another shot, and also make them a tad healthier. Enter these bad boys.
Taste test: MUCH fluffier! You can’t expect 30 min rolls to have the same consistency as 4 hour rolls, but these were pretty close.
Changes to the recipe: Additional rising time. The recipe calls for 1 rising session after the dough has been portioned. I let them rise beforehand for 15 minutes, then again for 15 minutes after they had been portioned. I think it really helped to make them fluffy.
Question: What’s your favorite type of cuisine?